20:25, Tuesday, 1st November, 2016

The November rating list was released yesterday and saw a relatively quiet month with limited activity in many African countries.

Egypt was the one notable exception as they added another 49 rated players to take their total of active rated players to 943. This represents 26% of all active rated players on the entire continent.

South Africa remains in a distant second place with 419 active rated players, followed by Algeria with 255.

On the individual side, FM Phemelo Khetho made a welcome return to competitive chess in the Botswana Open which concluded last month. He has immediately retaken the number 1 ranking in Botswana after a long absence and will hopefully be playing more regularly again in the future. FM Daniel Anwuli from Nigeria also added a welcome 30 ELO after beating two GM's in Atlantic City on the way to a 4th placed finish in the 3rd Millionaire Open tournament.

There were no major changes on the ladies side this month and the top ladies ranking table sees Egypt maintain a firm grip at the top with 5 of the top 7 ladies hailing from this country as at the end of November.

The December list should see some larger movements as events like the Swaziland Open and Tanzania Open are taken into account and we wish all participating players the best of luck in these upcoming events.

Full analysis of the latest ratings is available as usual at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/country-statistics

14:29, Thursday, 27th October, 2016

We wish to congratulate both MiniChess Madagascar and the Madagascar Chess Federation (FMJE) who have just signed a ground breaking agreement with the Ministry of National Education in Madagascar.

The agreement paves the way to role the MiniChess program in schools throughout the country and is the direct result of the success of the pilot programs that have been running in 9 primary schools in the country since 2014!

KCF would like to join MiniChess Madagascar in expressing our profound gratitude to the government of Madagascar, through the minister of national education for accepting to integrate this ground breaking teaching method and embrace modern practices and teaching methods within their educational program!

We further congratulate the team at MiniChess Madagascar for the great work they have been doing that has brought them to this successful point.

Madagascar is the second African country to get formal approval for the MiniChess program in the last 2 months and follows the team at MiniChess Rwanda who secured similar approval from the Rwanda Education Ministry earlier this year!

We are proud of both teams and the great impact that the program is having in both countries!

06:13, Tuesday, 25th October, 2016

KCF Africa is pleased to announce that we will be supporting the African Chess Lounge who are hosting the 2016 ACL Open Chess Championship in Cape Town, South Africa from the 27 November until the 4th December 2016.

The tournament will feature a rare FIDE categorized IM Norm Invitational section which will be played as an all play all round robin over 9 rounds. The field will consist of the following 10 players and has an average rating in excess of 2280. The norm requirement for all norm seekers is expected to be 6.5/9.

# Title Name Surname FED FIDE
1 IM Henry Steel RSA 2407
2 IM Daniel Jere ZAM 2371
3 IM Watu Kobese RSA 2363
4 FM Daniel Anwuli NIG 2306
5 FM Daniel Barrish RSA 2281
6 FM Harold Wanyama UGA 2270
7 FM Charles de Villiers RSA 2246
8 IM Ryan van Rensburg RSA 2209
9 FM Calvin Klaasen RSA 2183
10 Musa Simutowe ZAM 2182
Average Rating 2282

The event will also feature two FIDE rated open swiss sections, a CHESSA rated section and a development section for players under the age of 10. These open events will all take place between Friday 2nd and Sunday 4th December.

Full details are available in the tournament brochure which is available for download at http://www.kcfafrica.com/sites/default/files/2016%20ACL%20Open%20Chess%2...

Registration for the open events is now officially open and can be completed via the ACL website at http://www.africanchesslounge.org/events/.

Anyone wanting more information regarding the tournament is asked to contact the chief organiser, Mr Reuben Salimu who can be reached at salimu@africanchesslounge.org or via his mobile at 073 630 6225

15:25, Friday, 21st October, 2016

The 2016 Swaziland Open will take place in Manzini from 25-27 November 2016. The open section will be FIDE rated and will consist of a 6 round swiss event which will be played at a rate of 75/75 + 30 seconds per move.

There will also be a 6 round open Blitz tournament on Sunday afternoon played at a rate of 5 minutes per player.

In total, the tournament offers R 15,000 in prize money while accommodation is available at the playing venue for R130 per night.

Players interested in participating are asked to contact the Swaziland Chess Federation directly in order to register and book accommodation as required. The full tournament brochure can be downloaded at http://www.kcfafrica.com/en/content/forthcoming-events-0

13:15, Wednesday, 19th October, 2016

Dr Daaim Shabazz conducted a number of great interviews with African representatives during the 3rd Millionaire Open in Atlantic City. These have just been published on the Chess Drum and can be viewed at http://www.thechessdrum.net/blog/2016/10/18/drum-interviews-16-millionai....

This great image captured Daaim with the 3 winners of the 2016 KCF Africa Satellite tournaments as well as IM Farai Mandizha from Zimbabwe who won an incredible total of $19,000 at the 2015 event in Las Vegas.

19:36, Tuesday, 11th October, 2016

The Millionaire Open came to an end in Atlantic City last night and we wish to congratulate GM Dariusz Swiercz who defeated GM Gawain Jones 2-0 in the final to secure the winners cheque of $30,000!

In the u/2550 section GM Ioan-Cristian Chirila defeated GM Oliver Barbosa by a score of 1½-½ in the final while FM Igor Sorkin beat IM Alvaro Escobar by a score of 4-2 to win the u/2400 category.

FM Daniel Anwuli placed 4th in the u/2400 category winning himself $1800 in the process after succumbing by a score of 1½-½
to IM Uriel Vidal in the 3rd/4th place playoff.

IM Oladapo Adu from Nigeria and IM Daniel Jere from Zambia both finished with 4/9 while CM William Wachira from Kenya scored 2/9 and IM Farai Mandizha recorded 3/7 as he did not play on the last day.

We congratulate GM Maurice Ashley and Amy Lee on holding another fantastic event and we sincerely hope that they find a way to keep the dream alive in the future.

08:39, Monday, 10th October, 2016

The qualifiers for Millionaire Monday have been decided and we wish to congratulate FM Daniel Anwuli from Nigeria who defeated his second GM level opponent in a row to secure a place in the big playoff for the U/2400 section.

Daniel defeated GM Conrad Holt (2549) with the black places in a match that lasted over 100 moves and will gain 25 rating points from the tournament in addition to having the opportunity to play for a first prize of $12,000 in the playoffs this evening.

In the top section, GM Gawain Jones qualified outright after defeating GM Adhiban in the 7th round and will be joined by
GM Emilio Cordova, GM Dariusz Swiercz and GM Jianchao Zhou who made it through the playoff phase.

It is also interesting to note that IM Daniel Jere from Zambia had earlier held GM Jianchao Zhou to a draw in round 2 before the GM recorded a string of good wins to secure his place in the main event playoff. The winner of the main section will earn $30,000 this whilst second place is worth $15,000.

The full list of qualifiers for the playoffs is now available at

09:57, Sunday, 9th October, 2016

At the end of day 3, FM Daniel Anwuli is probably the only African player with a realistic chance of making the U/2400 playoffs after he recorded a good win against GM Alexander Ivanov (2476) in round 6 of the ongoing Millionaire Open in Atlantic City to sit on 3.5/6. He faces GM Conrad Holt (2549) with the black pieces in a critical round 7 game and a second good result may just be enough to see him make the playoffs.

IM Daniel Jere unfortunately fell to GM Mark Paragua (2503) in round 6 and now has a must win match against FM Zhuo Ren Lim (2217) to have any chance of sneaking in through the qualifying playoff process. He has 3/6 at the moment as does IM Farai Mandizha from Zimbabwe.

IM Oladaput Adu did not have a great 3rd day and has 2/6 while CM William Wachira will be pleased with his second win against Francisco Alonso Jr. Mesa which has also taken him to 2/6.

Round 7 will be followed by the Rapid and Blitz qualification playoffs this evening which will select the players who will participate in the large money games on Monday.

Latest standings and pairings are published at

06:32, Saturday, 8th October, 2016

The 2016 Millionaire Open has already reached round 4 and the next 2 days will be critical to determining who gets to participate in the all important Monday playoffs for the big prizes.

IM Daniel Jere started well with a win in the first round before holding GM Jianchao Zhou (2630) and IM Andrey Gorovets (2543) to draws in rounds 2 and 3. He lost to GM Oliver Barbosa (2515) in round 4 but still finds himself well positioned on 2/4 for the moment.

IM Oladapu Adu has recorded losses against GM Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli (2658) and GCT commentator GM Alejandro Ramirez (2568) but defeated his two lower rated opponents to join Daniel on 2/4.

CM William Wachira pulled off a nice win in round 4 against Matthew Tedesco and is currently on 1/4.

Other notable African players that are participating include FM Daniel Anwuli from Nigeria (2/4), IM Farai Mandizha from Zimbabwe (1.5/4), and Daaim Shabazz (author of the well known ChessDrum website) who has 2/4 in U/2200 section. IA Purity Maina from Kenya is also at the tournament as one of the official arbiters.

All photos below are from the official tournament photographer David Lada.

The pairings and results are available at https://millionairechess.com/mc3-leaderboard/open/results while the games from the top 12 boards are being broadcast daily at https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/millionaire-chess-2016-ope...

20:08, Wednesday, 5th October, 2016

The 3rd Millionaire Chess Open will get under way tomorrow morning in Atlantic City and we want to wish the 3 KCF Satellite winners the best of luck as they take on some of the worlds best players in the tournament.

Chessbase has just published a great interview with GM Maurice Ashley and we are proud to have partnered with the MC franchise over the last 2 years to make opportunities like this available to more African players.

We wish IM Daniel Jere, IM Oladapu Adu and CM Wachania Wachira the best of luck at the tournament and we will be following their progress with interest.

The Chessbase interview makes for interesting reading and is available at http://en.chessbase.com/post/millionaire-chess-an-interview-with-maurice...